Red Deer 
Speed Skating

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Club Policies: Fundraising and Volunteering

Red Deer Central Lions speed skating club relies on adult volunteering and fundraising generated through several yearly events to make our Club work for our skaters. These fundraising activities are in place to help us keep our sport affordable for all families as we draw closer to the Canada Winter Games in 2019 and our move to new skating facilities with anticipated higher costs in 2017 and beyond.

Service to the Club (Volunteering)

  • Mat Set-Up: for every practice session, Group 1 adults are expected to be on the ice to help set-up the mats. Skaters cannot be on the ice until the mats are in position. The more adults who help with this, the faster the skaters are on the ice. Group 2 adults help take down the mats following the end of practices.
  • Speed Skating Meets: RDCLSSC hosts two meets per year (Short Track in November and Long Track in January).  During the 2016-2017 season, we will only be hosting the Long Track Meet in January at the Oval. For this meet, families volunteer time to run the meet and donate food items (sign-up sheets for both will be posted in late December or early January).

Summary of Costs to Families for Volunteering and Fundraising

  • Mat Set-up: $0.00
  • Meet Shifts: $0.00
  • Food for Meets: $10.00-$20.00 (depending on items)
  • Chocolate Almonds: $0.00 ($60.00 up front, recouped by selling)
  • Pub Night: $0.00 (sell all 10 tickets & raffle tickets and work pub shift without staying; if you wish to stay, add in the cost of your tickets)

Required 2016-2017 Fundraising Activities

  • Chocolate Almonds Sale: at registration, families purchase one case of chocolate almonds per skater (1 case of 30 boxes/skater = $60/case). Families then sell the individual boxes of almonds at $2/box to recoup what they paid to the Club. Additional cases can be purchased at later dates if you run out (people do!). 
  • Casino Shifts: every 3 years, the Club is granted a casino and must cover all shifts. The funds generated (approximate $25,000) help pay for capital costs (such as ice) over the next three years until we have another casino. Adults in each skater’s family sign up for shifts (at least one shift per skater/family). In the past, additional adults (aunts, uncles, grandparents) have also worked shifts. The shifts are easy (really easy!) and fun. Stay tuned for more details on shifts and duties.  
  • St. Patrick's Day Pub (Friday, March 17, 2017):

    Last year, we hosted our first St. Paddy’s Day Pub Night with St. James’ Gate and this was a significant new fundraiser for the Club. We anticipate a successful St. Patrick's Day Pub on March 17th! For this event, families will:

    • Sell tickets to the Pub Night: each family sells 10 tickets (including to themselves if they wish to attend the Pub). Additional tickets can be obtained if you need more. Unsold tickets must be returned by February 1st. Tickets are $35.00 per ticket if purchased from a Speed Skating Family; if purchased through Black Knight Ticket Centre, tickets are $35.00/person plus the $5.25 Service Fee (= $40.25). 
    • Sell a booklet of 10 Raffle Tickets in advance of the Pub (price per raffle ticket TBD based on prizes TBD). Booklets will be available in the fall for selling up to the night of the Pub Night (draw will be at the Pub Night but winner does not have to be at the Pub Night).
    • Work 1 shift per family at the Pub Night (note: if you are not staying for the Pub as a guest and are only staying to work your shift, you do not need a ticket; you must purchase your own ticket to stay for the Pub Night as a guest due to capacity limits on Festival Hall). 
  • Silent Auction at Pub Night: We ask Club Members to contribute Silent Auction Items (minimum value: $40/family). Families are encouraged to seek out donations from local businesses and services so that there is no additional costs to families (a Club Donation Request Letter will be sent to all families). Families are not expected to bid on Silent Auction items unless they really want the item. Items are to be submitted in an attractive fashion suitable for an auction. 

Additional Fundraising: The club may sponsor additional fundraising activities. All fundraising activities must be pre-approved by the Club Executive.